To show his company's commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2040, Jeff Bezos announced Thursday that Amazon would purchase 100,000 battery-electric delivery vans from Michigan-based Rivian. The trucks will begin service in 2021.
"The billionaire announced plans Sept. 19 to buy 100,000 electric vans from Rivian, custom-built for Prime deliveries, as part of an Amazon environmental initiative designed to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord 10 years early," report Chester Dawson and Keith Naughton of
- carbon neutrality by 2050.] the Paris climate agreement calls for achieving
Timing of announcement
The Sept. 19 announcement, made at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., came a day before the youth-led Global Climate Strike. Also participating in the Friday event were "hundreds of Amazon employees from Amazon's Seattle headquarters, as did contingents from Amazon offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Dublin and other cities," reports James F. Peltz for the Los Angeles Times.
The group leading the Amazon walkout — Amazon Employees for Climate Justice — has spent this year urging Chief Executive Jeff Bezos and the rest of senior management to take more urgent steps, and the workers’ efforts are a key reason Amazon’s overall environmental footprint increasingly is coming under scrutiny.
On Monday, the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 convenes in New York. UN Secretary General António Guterres has told reporters that the summit is an opportunity to recognize the countries that are ahead of the curve and pressure other ones lagging behind," reports Umair Irfan, who covers climate change, energy, and the environment for Vox.
“Don’t come to the summit with beautiful speeches,” Guterres said at a press conference last month. “Come with concrete plans ... and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050.”
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